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First Rafales to touch down on July 27 amid rising tensions with China

The aircraft will form the nucleus of the IAF's first Rafale squadron, Number 17 Squadron, which calls itself the Golden Arrows. They will be based in Ambala

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With the IAF pressing Dassault to deliver fighters quickly to make up for lost time, there are expectations that one-two more Rafales would join the fleet every month

Ajai Shukla New Delhi
In a boost to the morale of the Indian Air Force (IAF), which finds itself preparing for the possibility of hostilities with China, its first five Rafale fighter aircraft will land on Indian soil next Monday (July 27).

The aircraft will form the nucleus of the IAF’s first Rafale squadron, Number 17 Squadron, which calls itself the Golden Arrows. They will be based in Ambala. 

The five Rafales will take off from Istres, France, and will be flown to India by IAF pilots, with mid-air refuelling en route from an accompanying French airforce tanker aircraft. They will make just one

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First Published: Jul 20 2020 | 9:35 PM IST

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